Sarah Surgey

Friday 19 May 2023

10:45 to 11:45


Do you want to take your self-publishing journey to the next level? Or do you not even know where to begin? Self-published books are the key to getting your books into the picture-book market but they can’t just sit there and you can’t stand still.

Find out how to start the process of self-publishing your own picture book, how to market it, how to get it published globally and how to use it as a platform to place yourself in the wonderful world of children’s literature. Listen to some industry key points that you will need to know when pitching your book, from whether you hold the rights to the illustrations to what to ask for in contracts. It can feel complicated and overwhelming when you are going it alone so come with a pen and paper and let’s make a success of your author journey.

Sarah Surgey is the author of the globally successful children’s book – The Heavy Bag. Shortlisted as one of the top 30 grief books of 2022.

She has sold the foreign rights of the book into 11 different languages and counting. The Heavy Bag has been used in collaboration with UNICEF and is used by schools across the country. Due to its success, she has appeared in the national press, on radio, at book festivals and in workshops.

The success of her self-published book has led to traditionally published books and freelance work for children’s publishers worldwide.